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GGP August 2015

Liftmaster B1 added to range Bohle has further expanded its Liftmaster range of handling equipment with the Liftmaster B1 portable lifter. Designed for use by a single person, the new device, which is said to be smaller, lighter and more compact than the 320Kg capacity B2 model, is capable of moving, handling and mounting flat glass, IG units and other nonporous sheet materials up to 180kg. Measuring 0.8m wide, Bohle says the Liftmaster B1’s compact design and ‘excellent manoeuvrability’ make it well suited for use in narrow spaces, and that once disassembled it is capable of fitting into the back of any estate sized car for ‘true portability’. According to Bohle, glass can easily be transported through standard doors, subject to sufficient height, by rotating the sheet through 90° and lowering it onto the rubber pads of the longitudinal track, which can then be tilted for transport. The Liftmaster B1 is equipped with a compact, manual suction lifter as standard, with four suction pads, a reserve tank, a low pressure indicator and an additional vacuum display providing ‘high levels’ of safety. The manual suction lifter reportedly dispenses with the need for recharging batteries, which means it is always ready for use, and has been developed by Bohle to be easily demounted with a quick coupling adaptor to be used independently of the Liftmaster. The suction lifter is available as a separate item (article number BO B18DM4) and is equipped with eye hooks as a standard. An optional crane arm is available which enables the device to be rotated vertically by 360° or tilted horizontally by 90°. 74 MACHINERY First CNC centre for Dudleys Dudleys Aluminium, based in Cardiff, has reportedly purchased its first ever CNC machining centre after nearly 20 years using only traditional semi-automatic copy routers. The company, which specialises in the supply of aluminium windows, doors, curtain walling and shopfronts to main contractors working across the commercial sector, chose an Emmegi Phantomatic X6 four axes machine, and is already reporting real benefits in terms of increased output, more reliable precision manufacturing and more efficient deployment of staff. The company previously relied largely on a small team of highly skilled fabricators to operate its copy routers, but has now been able to train some of its semi-skilled staff to use the Phantomatic machine as well. Bob Rice, the operations director of Dudleys, said that the company carried out an extensive cost benefit analysis before choosing the Phantomatic X6 and had calculated that the payback would be worthwhile if the machine was used for both windows and curtain walling products. Bob said: “I had been sceptical about the benefits of a CNC machining centre for this business for a long time but when we did the cost benefit calculations it became clear that it was a really viable option for us. “Now that we’ve had the machine in place for more than six months, I’ve changed from sceptic to advocate and I can see real long term benefits not just in efficiency but in consistency and quality as well.” Dudleys chose the Emmegi machine after many discussions with Emmegi (UK)’s sales manager, Andrew Jones. Andrew said: “Dudleys were using some of our copy routers and I had stayed in regular touch with them over the years in the hope of convincing them to switch to a CNC machine. “When Bob told me that the decision had been made, I arranged for him to view another Phantomatic X6 machine in operation at a nearby Lamination machine investment www.ggpmag.com August 2015 Emmegi customer and invited him and his production team to talk to the customer direct about their experience of the machine’s versatility.” Bob Rice added: “The whole process of buying from Emmegi (UK) was very positive. They invited us to talk to other customers, they offered a straightforward, competitive price and they were honest and helpful throughout. “The four axes machine Andrew recommended is proving ideal for our needs and is helping us to strengthen our reputation for quality products and precision manufacturing.” www.emmegi.com With coloured foils said to be as popular as ever, Selecta has announced further investment in another lamination machine. Selecta’s sales and marketing director, Mark Richmond, said: “We have seen a huge growth in the requirement for coloured foils. Gone are the days where only rosewood and golden oak were the requirements, with anthracite grey and Chartwell green along with Irish oak a more popular selection with customers. “Consumers want to personalise their properties and modernise their homes and Selecta recognises the need for additional coloured foils to enable our customers to supply the demand. This investment demonstrates our commitment to providing more choice and improved efficiency in supply”. Selecta currently supplies a range of 22 coloured foils to its customer base ranging from oaks, greens, greys and creams to black/brown, blues and red.


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